Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

Feb 24, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation Under the pretext of joining the global war on terrorism, the Xi Jinping administration has imposed unprecedentedly harsh restrictions on the civil liberties and rights of the 10 million Uighurs living in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The shift in President Xi’s Xinjiang policy was marked by the...

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

Feb 24, 2017

Luigi Narbone, European University Institute Can Russia succeed where the West has failed, stabilising the Middle East and North Africa through some kind of Pax Russica? The question might have sounded strange not so long ago, but in less than two years, a mix of decisive action, unwavering and often ruthless use of military power, and bold political-diplomatic...

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

Feb 22, 2017

Sharad Sinha, Nanyang Technological University Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it’s fully functional? The Microsoft Windows operating system is estimated to power about 90% of world’s personal computers today....

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Roberto Savio* ROME (IDN) – Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle! Like it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has...

Two ways to build global community

Two ways to build global community

Feb 21, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist A platform co-operative approach to information, rather than the models of Facebook and legacy media, provide reason for optimism, writes Dan Hind. By Dan Hind Last Thursday Mark Zuckerberg published a long piece called ‘Building a Global Community’. In it he explained that his company could help ‘develop the social...

Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

Feb 17, 2017

John Brewer, Queen’s University Belfast; Olivera Simic, Griffith University; Roberto Saba, Universidad de Palermo, and Stephanie Perazzone, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies After 55 years of civil conflict that killed some 220,000 citizens, Colombia is indubitably on the path to peace. Juan Manuel Santos’s government has signed...

Washington Rules Change, Again

Washington Rules Change, Again

Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LAMPUR, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – Over the last four...

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

Feb 10, 2017

Owen Gaffney, Stockholm University and Will Steffen, Australian National University Here are some surprising facts about humans’ effect on planet Earth. We have made enough concrete to create an exact replica of Earth 2mm thick. We have produced enough plastic to wrap Earth in clingfilm. We are creating “technofossils”, a new term for congealed human-made...

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Feb 10, 2017

by Jesse Eisinger ProPublica, Feb. 9, 2017, 10:16 a.m. If you measure President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest by the amount of money at stake, or the variety of dicey interactions with government regulators, one dwarfs any other: his relationship with Deutsche Bank. In recent weeks, Deutsche Bank has scrambled to reach agreements with American...

Who funds the think tanks?

Who funds the think tanks?

Feb 10, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist A new report shows how ‘highly opaque and deceptive’ methods are used to shape public perception, writes Tony McKenna. The current political landscape is fraught, treacherous and more difficult than ever to navigate. The EU referendum in 2016 saw the Leave vote carry the day, but the decision to ‘Brexit’ has created...

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